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From the streets of modern Israel to the barrooms of Brooklyn to a suburban New England synagogue, the characters in these 10 stories search for love and acceptance in a world scarred by loss and loneliness. In “The Madonna of Temple Beth Elohim,” an Iraq war veteran sees a vision of the Virgin Mary on the eve of the Jewish high holidays. In “My Darling Sweetheart Baby,” a ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Exile Editions (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sara
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Move over Malamud. Jonathan Papernick is an author of such tremendous talent, terrifying intelligence, and stunning originality, he will make you wonder: why haven't I been reading him my whole life? The stories collected in THERE IS NO OTHER and THE ASCENT OF ELI ISRAEL are so confident in their telling, so masterful in voice, so full of life, they feel like instant classics - and yet, swell with all the wonder and horror and grit of today's landscape, ensuring his work is anything you've encou ...more
Joan Gelfand
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this book. As fiction editor, I published one of Jon's stories and when the collection came out, I promised Jon a review in Zeek but never got to writing it -so here's my best shot. The stories are edgy, interesting and well crafted. It's the 'now' Jewish exp. we all crave - not about Grandma or Shabbat but about interesting, soul searching Jewish people NOW. With this book, Jon joins the ranks of N. Englander and A. Mansbach - two of my fav Jewish authors.
Yossi Gremillion
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very dark and haunting and spell bounding. Not light reading, especially the title story. Very apropos for book clubs.
Stephen Dorneman
Aug 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Papernick can write, there's no doubt about that, and these stories are filled with strange characters thrown into charged settings and situations both usual (Brooklyn undergoing gentrification) and unusual (a synagogue that also happens to be the site of an Iraq vet's vision of the Madonna) - so why didn't I rate it higher? Well, the endings of these stories often left me scratching my head and saying "Really? Why did that happen?" rather than a sense of the surprising inevitable, some of the c ...more
Dennis Fischman
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy Dara Horn
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One of the best collections of short fiction I've read in years, and certainly the best with Jewish themes. Some stories remind me of the early Philip Roth, before he started playing mind games with Zuckerman. Others have a whiff of Kafka. But Papernick has his own voice, and he deals with very serious issues in a humorous way: call it corn beef on wry.
Jeff
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story
Graceful storytelling. A menacing swirl of sex, guilt, and resentment. Truly invokes everything good about Chekhov and Philip Roth.
Robin
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This is an incredible writer. Stories always surprising, some are disturbing, but they all make you really think.
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Didn't get past the 2nd story.
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Jonathan Papernick's first collection of short stories The Ascent of Eli Israel was published by Arcade Publishing in 2002 and received a full-page review in the New York Times and a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

His second collection of short stories There is No Other was published by Exile Editions in the spring of 2010. Author Dara Horn wrote about There is No Other, "Every single story
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